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Kentmere Farm Pods, South Lakes

· Nr Kendal, Cumbria, England
1 acre hosted by George G.
1 glamping pitch
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100% of recent Hipcampers say the pitch is private.
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Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home in nature — including real toilets, showers, and kitchen.
Modern glamping pods on a working South Lakes hill farm, with views down the Kentmere Valley

At the foot of the Kentmere Valley, Browfoot Farm is a paradoxical place. Sleepy yet busy, comfortable yet off-grid and relaxing yet thoroughly action packed, it is the sort of small-scale escape that encapsulates what the Lake District is all about. Spread across 500 acres, through which the River Kent gargles, the farm is home to Swaledale and Herdwick sheep, White Faced Woodlands, a small herd of Highland cattle and a trio of ducks. Hens scratch around as you drive through the farm gate. It’s like a caricature of farmlife, complete with old stone barns and the 1800s farmhouse. Even the wildlife appears on cue, as a heron rises from the riverside and glides away towards White Howe Wood in the distance.

Life at Browfoot Farm is far from twee, however. This is a Lake District farm in the 21st century. Beyond the barns and with a prized position with the best views down the valley, you’ll find Kentmere Farm Pods – four family-sized structures, complete with en-suite shower rooms, compact kitchens and a sleeping and living space for up to four people. One of the pods, White Howe, is dog-friendly and all four pods are well equipped for walkers and bikers, with boot boxes ready for your muddy footwear and a hose for washing down grubby bikes. Underfloor heating will help you warm-up after rainy days on the fells (the pub in nearby Staveley is also a nobly cosy affair), while picnic tables and barbecues await for sunnier climes.

When the weather is fine, the River Kent offers ideal paddling and dam-building opportunities for children, while walks along the riverside take you through oak coppiced woodland, once used for making bobbins in Staveley, a couple of miles away. Today the old mill yard there has been converted into a clutch of artisan shops where you can buy chutneys, fresh bread or draw a pint in the Hawkshead Brewery. It’s a good place to stock up (on food, not beer) before hiking up a local peak: Kentmere Pike, Yoke, Capple Howe, Shipman Knotts and Staveley Head Fell are all within striking distance, to name but a few.

The river itself is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and attracts Dippers, Wagtails and other birds. Along with the rest of the farm it is managed as part of a Higher Level Stewardship scheme, which keeps nature at the fore. The uplands are managed to help with the natural regeneration of heather and sedges, as well as increasing the wild flowers and bio-diversity throughout the farm, and there’s been a concerted effort in the last few years to plant native trees, creating areas of deciduous woodland in the valley. Already you can occasionally spot red deer on the higher land and roe deer in the woodland. Look out for the rare White Claw Crayfish that the river is home too, popularly seen on the old, stone, packhorse bridge down the lane (a fantastic spot for playing Pooh sticks!).

Luxury glamping pod on a working Lake District farm, with stunning views down the Kentmere Valley very close to the River Kent.   Please be aware this pod does not allow dogs Ditch the tent pegs and enjoy getting closer to nature! Our Camping pod, built locally in South Lakes, offers a fantastic, cosy alternative to camping. With the luxury of a double and sofa bed with bed linen provided, your own ensuite toilet/shower,  microwave and fridge. Our camping pod is ideal for couples and families. Each pod (total of 4 on the site) sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children or 3 adults and has your own private parking space nearby. Situated just a few miles to the east of Windermere, Staveley is a thriving south Lake District village, sitting in a glorious location at the foot of the Kentmere Valley. Two miles away, Browfoot Farm is a working farm that’s also home to four glamping pods that make for a perfect home-from-home, with rare breed White Faced Woodland sheep, Swaledale and Herdwicks , a herd of Highland cattle, and some ducks and hens. Our Pods Have - Comfy double bed and double sofa bed - 'Wetroom' shower, toilet and basin - Fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle - Dining table and four chairs - Electrical points and downlighters - Crockery and utensils - Under-floor heating - Free car parking for 1 car - Lockable French doors - Barbecue and outdoor seating/picnic bench - Wooden decking and stone patio - Wonderful views Our luxury pods are sited in their own large field on our family farm, with spectacular views of the Kentmere Valley and surrounding Lakeland fells. Enjoy the wide open space around the pods and beyond. It’s the perfect place to relax, for children to play and enjoy a truly off-grid experience – with no WiFi to disturb your peace. You can completely switch off and forget about the outside world. Eating outdoors under the stars is really special. Each pod has its own barbecue and outdoor furniture, so relax with your favourite tipple and cook up a feast. Indulge in locally sourced fresh treats from Staveley. With no light pollution, on a clear night, the sky here sparkles with stars.
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55 Ratings · 70 reviews
Veronique V.recommends
October 10, 2022
Mickle Moss in South Lakes UK
Had a great time, lovely and quiet. Pod was kept warm nicely with the under floor heating. Will definitely be back.
Ryan C.recommends
September 6, 2022
Mickle Moss in South Lakes UK
Enjoyable bank holiday at Kentmere
We loved it here. Beautiful scenery and very quiet. The Shepherd hut is just what you need for a few days in the lakes. Whether you want to go down to lake Windermere, go walking around Kentmere, or just relax at your hut and have a BBQ. 10/10 would recommend and we will certainly be visiting again.
Lucie R.recommends
August 26, 2022
White Howe
Gorgeous pods, gorgeous views what more can you ask for!
Joseph D.recommends
August 11, 2022
Mickle Moss in South Lakes UK
Great place
Beautiful location, best pods we have stayed in and lovely helpful host.
Rachel C.recommends
August 5, 2022
Mickle Moss in South Lakes UK
We had a fantastic holiday. The pods are amazing. Very well thought out. You really don’t need to bring very much. George provided us with an itinerary so we didn’t bring too much stuff. The pods are very well insulated and the beds very comfortable- good quality pillows that are lovely and soft. The bed sofa is very easy to pull out and put back. Very peaceful setting. You really feel like you are in the middle of nowhere yet it’s only a short drive to Windermere. We did a walk in the hills behind our pods that was recommended in the info book. It was amazing. Kids loved it! Can’t recommend this place enough- will definitely be back soon.
Marie H.recommends
August 5, 2022
Camping with a 5 yr old
Beautiful pod and very tidy. Lovely set up for the perfect family holiday. Loved it
Nr Kendal, Cumbria, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by George G.Joined in December 2018
From the host
Welcome to Kentmere Farm Pods on our working family farm in the Lake District National Park, near Staveley (between Kendal & Windermere). An adventurer’s paradise in South Lakes – great for exploring on bike, or foot, from the door, or simply relax and chill out. Our luxury Glamping pods offer a unique, peaceful retreat in the stunning Kentmere Valley. Ditch the tent pegs and still enjoy those special outdoor experiences with a few home comforts! Each pod sleep four comfortably with a double bed, sofa bed, bedding and linen provided. The pods are insulated and heated so you can get cosy and there is an en-suite shower/toilet as well as a kitchen area with microwave and fridge. Our four pods are sited in their own large field, with spectacular views of the Kentmere Valley and surrounding Lakeland fells. With no light pollution, on a clear night, the sky here sparkles with stars, so light up the barbecue and enjoy. If you want a campfire there are fire bowls for hire. Our farm is 500 acres, covering a variety of pasture-land, woodland and high fell, with the River Kent and streams winding through. As well as sheep, cows and hens, you will see a wide range of flora, birds and wildlife and we work closely with Natural England to deliver responsible and environmental farming. We are two miles from the thriving village of Staveley, along a quiet country road, with some great cafes, shops and pubs. The nearest towns are Kendal and Windermere and there are loads of activities including; water sports, riding, climbing and culture spots as well as great places to eat nearby.
Nearby attractions

Explore from the door with footpaths straight from the farm. Wander down the lane and play Pooh sticks from the old stone packhorse bridge, head off on the 3-river trail or try Alfred Wainwright's favourite walk: an epic 7-hour-long trek known as the Kentmere Horseshoe, which takes in Yoke, Thornthwaite Crag, Shipman Knotts, Mardale Ill Bell, Kentmere Pike, Ill Bell, Harter Fell (Mardale), Goat Scar, and Froswick. (Warning: it's one of the longest and most remote walks in the Lake District.) There is something for all ages and abilities, though, with particularly pleasant walking along the river valley. The ancient oak woodland along the riverside just south of Staveley was once used for making bobbins and now home swathes of bluebells, early purple orchids and wild garlic (spot redstarts, flycatchers and great spotted woodpeckers). Head over the valley top with a round trip to Potter Tarn (3 miles) and Gurnal Dubs, just beyond, fantastic for wild swimming in summer (or very chilly dips in winter!), while, in the opposite direction, wallow in the river in Kentmere or paddle in the Kent near the pods. There are great biking routes, too, with some challenging rides over Garburn into Troutbeck and up Green Quarter, following old packhorse trails. In the Lake District more generally, all the larger lakes have boat hire – canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, rowing, kayaking and paddle boarding, with the nearest available in Windermere. Holmescales Riding Centre (01539 729388) and Larkrigg Riding School (015395 60245), both near Kendal, offer horse riding for all ages. For culture, Abbot Hall (01539 722464) in Kendal has some fantastic contemporary exhibitions or try the Brewery Arts Centre (01539 722833) for shows by local artists.  For a retro film experience, try the Royalty in Windermere. 

Food and drink

It's a 5-minute bike ride (2 miles) to Staveley, a thriving village with shops and cafes on the main street. The old Mill Yard has been converted into a series of shops and outlets (including Wheelbase, the largest bike shop in the UK!) For an informal bite, try Wilfs Café (01539 822329; dog-friendly) – great for breakfasts, lunches and snacks – or, a few yards further, try More's Bakery (01539 822297), with a hipster feel and a very cool vibe, serving coffee and, of course, heaps of bread and baked treats. It's a good place to stock up if you're heading into the hills. Out on the Main Street, Mr Duffins coffee shop (01539 822192) has great coffee, which is freshly roasted on the premises, while Café Eclec (01539 821393), not only serves soups, snacks and cakes but it also an antiques shop. If it's pub food you’re after, The Eagle & Child (01539 821320) serves good ales and wholesome food, with a garden right next to the river for sunny days, while The Hawkshead Brewery (01539 822644; back in the Mill Yard) has a good vibe, brews its own beer on site, and has a large lounge upstairs serving tasty food. The village also has a Spar for groceries (there are larger supermarkets in Kendal), a Post Office serving sandwiches and bacon butties and a local butcher. For superb local produce, Low Sizergh Farm Shop (015395 60426) is well worth a stop. 

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